Research shows a strong link between employee engagement, management ethics and employees’ trust in their leaders. No surprise, right? As a leader, you’ve got all the easy bases covered: don’t lie, steal or cheat. But what about those gray areas—the one where you had good intentions, but something got in the way of you completely walking the talk?
A leader’s trustworthiness is the sum of his or her daily actions. Unfortunately, you can’t stockpile trust in the way that you can money; sometimes trust is completed bankrupted by one act. As a leader, you must continually build trust; and it’s often in the small daily acts that you best serve your people by doing so. You can read four ways to make trust-building a daily action in my latest Smartblog on Leadership article, Building trust: It’s not a one and one deal .
This post is part of The People Equation’s “Trust-Building Thursdays” series. Each month, we’ll explore trust in the workplace and offer practical tips for building trust with your boss, colleagues, peers and team members. You can see other installments of the series here.